Eddie Redmayne has won best actor at this year’s Screen Actors Guild awards raising his chances of Oscars success after beating favorite Michael Keaton to win.
The recipient has gone on to win the equivalent Oscar for the last 10 years.
Eddie Redmayne took the award for his role in The Theory of Everything.
Michael Keaton and the rest of the Birdman cast did, however, win the award for best ensemble cast at Sunday’s ceremony.
There were also prizes for Oscar hopefuls Julianne Moore, Patricia Arquette and JK Simmons.
In a year when the lack of diversity at awards ceremonies has been under the spotlight, black actresses won the two major acting prizes in the TV categories for the first time in history.
Viola Davis was named outstanding lead actress in a drama for How to Get Away With Murder, while Uzo Aduba was honored for her role in Orange is the New Black.
The Netflix series, set in a women’s prison, also won best comedy ensemble cast.
Downton Abbey won best ensemble cast in a TV drama for a second time.
The SAG awards are seen as a strong indicator of who will win at the Oscars because actors make up the largest portion of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.
Michael Keaton had been expected to pick up the best actor award but was beaten by Eddie Redmayne, who plays a young Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything.
The actor led the Birdman cast on stage to accept the ceremony’s main award – best ensemble cast – and called acting “the ultimate team sport”.
Julianne Moore continued her winning streak by taking home the best actress in a film award for Still Alice, where she plays a professor suffering from early-onset Alzheimer’s.
Other winners included Kevin Spacey for House of Cards and William H. Macy for Shameless.
Mark Ruffalo, who is Oscar-nominated for his film role in Foxcatcher, won best actor in a miniseries or TV movie for his role in A Normal Heart.
Frances McDormand won best actress in the same field for her part in HBO’s Olive Kitteredge.
Debbie Reynolds was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by her daughter Carrie Fisher, who joked, “she has been more than a mother to me, not much, but definitely more.”
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Full list of winners at the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards:
Theatrical Motion Pictures
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Birdman – WINNER
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything – WINNER
Steve Carell – Foxcatcher
Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game
Jake Gyllenhaal – Nightcrawler
Michael Keaton – Birdman
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Julianne Moore – Still Alice – WINNER
Jennifer Aniston – Cake
Felicity Jones – The Theory of Everything
Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon – Wild
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
J.K. Simmons – Whiplash – WINNER
Robert Duvall – The Judge
Ethan Hawke – Boyhood
Edward Norton – Birdman
Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Patricia Arquette – Boyhood – WINNER
Kiera Knightley – The Imitation Game
Emma Stone – Birdman
Meryl Streep – Into the Woods
Naomi Watts – St. Vincent
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Downton Abbey – WINNER
Game of Thrones
House of Cards
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
Orange is the New Black – WINNER
The Big Bang Theory
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Kevin Spacey – House of Cards – WINNER
Steve Buscemi – Boardwalk Empire
Peter Dinklage – Game of Thrones
Woody Harrelson – True Detective
Matthew McConaughey – True Detective
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Viola Davis – How to Get Away with Murder – WINNER
Julianna Marguiles – The Good Wife
Tatiana Maslany – Orphan Black
Maggie Smith – Downton Abbey
Robin Wright – House of Cards
Claire Danes – Homeland
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
William H. Macy – Shameless – WINNER
Ty Burrell – Modern Family
Louis C.K. – Louie
Jim Parsons – The Big Bang Theory
Eric Stonestreet – Modern Family
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Uzo Aduba – Orange is the New Black – WINNER
Julie Bowen – Modern Family
Edie Falco – Nurse Jackie
Jula Louis-Dreyfus – Veep
Amy Poehler – Parks and Recreation
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Mark Ruffalo – The Normal Heart – WINNER
Adrian Brody – Houdini
Benedict Cumberbatch – Sherlock: His Last Vow
Richard Jenkins – Olive Kitteridge
Billy Bob Thorton – Fargo
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Frances McDormand – Olive Kitteridge – WINNER
Ellen Burstyn – Flowers in the Attic
Maggie Gyllenhaal – The Honorable Woman
Julia Roberts – The Normal Heart
Cicely Tyson – The Trip to Bountiful
Honors for Stunt Ensembles
Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
Get On Up
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
X-Men: Days of Future Past
Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series
24: Live Another Day
Game of Thrones
Sons of Anarchy
The Walking Dead
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